Thursday night in Dubai was perhaps Hasan Ali’s most forgettable night on a cricket field: after conceding 44 runs in 4 wicketless overs, he dropped the crucial catch of Matthew Wade, who then slammed three sixes to take Australia in the T20 World Cup final and knock Pakistan out of the tournament.
With 20 needed off 10 balls in the chase of 177, Wade hit Shaheen Afridi to deep mid-wicket, where Hasan Ali came running in and let the ball slip through his hands. The left-hander then launched three consecutive sixes to finish off the chase and stormed Australia in the final. Hasan Ali has been since subjected to online abuse and trolls from Pakistani fans.
His teammate leg-spinner Shadab Khan, whose 4-wicket haul went in vain, took to Twitter on Friday, asking fans to not make abuses and personal attacks on Hasan Ali, their hero of the 2017 Champions Trophy victory.
“@RealHa55an [Hasan Ali] you are a champion. The entire team is with you. To all the fans, everyone goes through tough times, we are all human beings capable of errors. Remember the joy Hasan has given you, don’t do personal attacks please. He is Pakistan’s match-winner. #WeStandWithHasanAli,” Shadab tweeted.
.@RealHa55an you are a champion. The entire team is with you. To all the fans, everyone goes through tough times, we are all human beings capable of errors. Remember the joy Hasan has given you, don’t do personal attacks please. He is Pakistan’s match-winner. #WeStandWithHasanAli pic.twitter.com/g9UzkGHPim
— Shadab Khan (@76Shadabkhan) November 12, 2021
Had Hasan Ali taken it, the scenario could have been different: Babar Azam
Pakistan captain Babar Azam, however, said that Hasan Ali’s dropped chance was the “turning point” in the loss. Azam thought Pakistan’s total of 176 while batting first on a good surface was a defendable total, but then was left to rue the dropped catch after being ahead of Australia for most of the second innings.
“I thought we scored as many runs as we had planned in the first innings. I think if we give such teams a chance in the back end, it is going to be costly. The turning point was that dropped catch. Had we taken it, the scenario could have been different,” Babar Azam said at the post-match presentation.
The grand finale is set now for a trans-Tasman clash to conclude the T20 World Cup 2021. Australia and New Zealand will meet in the final on Sunday in Dubai, with both sides chasing their maiden T20 title.